Golf: Lewis holds off Choi, wins sixth LPGA title

2013-03-04T00:00:00Z Golf: Lewis holds off Choi, wins sixth LPGA titleThe Associated Press The Associated Press
March 04, 2013 12:00 am  • 

SINGAPORE - Stacy Lewis had a case of the jitters. She also had enough left in her game.

Lewis, the 2012 LPGA Player of the Year, won the HSBC Women's Champions on Sunday for her sixth career title on the tour. She closed with a 1-under 71, overcoming two bogeys and some shaky putting on the back nine to hold off South Korea's Na Yeon Choi by one stroke.

"The last four or five holes, I was pretty nervous, I'm not going to lie," said Lewis, who finished at 15-under 273 Sentosa Golf Club. "I just played hard and put my head down and tried to make as many putts as I could."

Choi, who had a 72, was runner-up at the tournament for the second consecutive year. Paula Creamer, hampered by a shoulder injury from a car accident last week in Thailand, held a share of the lead early but faded to a 71 to finish third.

Lewis and Choi began the day with a share of the lead, but Lewis gained distance with a superb shot on the par-5 seventh hole.

After a long drive, Lewis hit a 200-yard shot toward the pin that stopped about 5 inches short. She tapped in for eagle, leaving her one shot ahead of Choi and two ahead of Creamer.

"It was probably one of the best shots I've ever hit," Lewis said.

The back nine, however, was hardly as smooth for the 28-year-old American.

Leading by two on the 15th, Lewis hit her tee shot into the water for the second time this week. The bogey let Choi pull within one.

Then, on the 17th, Lewis hit into the bunker off the tee and missed a long par putt to card her second bogey of the back nine.

That gave Choi one last chance on 18, but she pulled her birdie putt wide by an inch. Lewis exhaled after making a par putt to win.

European Tour

CENTURION, South Africa - Dawie Van Der Walt became the fifth South African winner in 10 European Tour events this season with his two-shot victory at the Tshwane Open on Sunday.

Van Der Walt posted a final round 5-under 67 to finish at 21-under overall for his first win on the Tour. The Texas-based golfer is ranked 436th in the world.

Local holes-in-one

John Colip

• Feb. 13, Tubac, No. 8 (Otero), 171 yards, 3-hybrid. David Cry, Don Davidson, Roger Hinterthuer.

Todd Comi

• March 1, El Conquistador, No. 13, 184 yards, 7-iron. Witnesses: Scott Jackson, Steve Heins, Ryan Salisbury.

Darrel Ibach

• Feb. 25, Omni Tucson National, No. 17, 162 yards, 5-iron. Witnesses: Larry Becko, John Benzing.

Armando Juarez

• Feb. 24, Dell Urich, No. 2, 170 yards, 4-hybrid. Witnesses: Jason Lockwood, Henry Hereras, Rafael Martinez.

Buster Labrie

• Feb. 25, The Views, No. 17, 119 yards, pitching wedge. Witness: Pam Labrie.

Garry Larson

• Feb. 23, The Views, No. 12, 169 yards, 7-iron. Witness: Bob Arms.

Lois Saxe

• Feb. 28, Dorado, No. 2, 127 yards, driver. Witnesses: Shirley Breaw, Katie Bjorkin, Barbara Blanchard.

Doug Seery

• Feb. 27, Omni Tucson, No. 6, 158 yards, 5-hybrid. Witnesses: Ray Spellman, Allan Harrison, Mike Green.

Raymond Ty Wilson

• March 2, Vistoso, No. 3, 148 yards, 8-iron. Witnesses: Elizabeth Franklin, Pete Culver, Larry Borowicz.

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